Madison Heimerdinger

Photograph Madison Heimerdinger
Department B.S. in Mechanical Science and Engineering, 2016


B.S. in Mechanical Science and Engineering
University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign, Class of 2016


Madison is from Woodland Park, a small mountain town in Colorado. During her sophomore year of college, she accepted a co-op position with NASA at Johnson Space Center (JSC). She has completed 3 tours at JSC that included being on the Colombus Interface Heat Exchanger Close Call Investigation Team, working in the Station Power, Articulation Thermal and Analysis Division, and working in the Robotics Systems Technology branch. Madison discovered her interest for robotics and controls while working at NASA. After receiving her Bachelor’s Degree she plan to pursue a Master’s Degree in robotics or controls.


Madison was in charge of building an ornithopter that will be used as a platform for other research in the lab. She redesigned and fabricated many parts on the ornithopter to minimize failures and stresses during flapping operations. In the fall, Madison plans to continue her research in the BAM lab by analyzing the stresses in the ornithopter’s wings using Finite Element Analysis.